A Word from Fr. George Corrigan, OFM, pastor of Sacred Heart Church…
On behalf of the Franciscan Friars and the community of Sacred Heart Church, I want to extend a warm welcome to you! We are a Catholic faith community that seeks to live the Gospel through the celebration of Franciscan Spirituality in the context of our 21st century life. We welcome you to join us as we seek to deepen our experience of God’s love. We know that many folks come to experience the beauty and grandeur of our church – and visitors and travelers are always welcome. While many of the downtown professionals take advantage of our location for weekday Mass and confessions, we are a large and growing community of faith. People return and become parishioners because they sense, here at Sacred Heart, there is a community that will journey with them in the fullness of life in God.
Our parish has a long and storied history in Tampa, the West Central Florida area, with its missionary history extending as far south as Key West, Florida. There were many Jesuit priests and brothers from the “Southern Province,” who served here from 1888 until 2005 that were a central part of the history of our church. Since July 15, 2005 – the Feast of St. Bonaventure – the parish has been under the pastoral leadership of the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province (HNP). The friars bring a vision of parish life that finds its origins in our provincial mission statement which proclaims: “…Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition, we are disciples of Christ who seek to bring the Gospel into the everyday experience of all people through Franciscan witness, popular preaching, teaching, and pastoral leadership. We foster Christian discipleship by collaborating with those whom we serve and by standing in solidarity with all people, especially the alienated, the immigrant, and the poor.”
Through the spirituality of our Franciscan friars, the central tenants of our parish are:
- A welcoming and fraternal spirit: from the simple welcome as you enter our historic church, to friars on the sidewalk after every Mass, we strive to be a community that offers open hearts, open minds, and open doors. All are welcome.
- The fostering of Christian discipleship: by collaborating with all of our parishioners – something we friars refer to as “Partners in Ministry.” Our parish is a place where we offer each parishioner the opportunity to live out the anointing of your Baptismal celebration by which you share in the kingly, priestly, and prophetic ministry of Jesus – to become partners in the building up of the reign of God here in Tampa.
Please take time to look over the remainder of our website, explore our programs and events, and know that we are here for your questions. Thank you for your interest in Sacred Heart Church! Come and be at home.
pax et bonum,
Fr. George Corrigan, OFM
pax et bonum is Latin for “peace and good,” a traditional Franciscan greeting.